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July 24, 2013
Oregon Schools Receive Funding to Expand Educational Enrichment Programs
Twenty-two Oregon districts awarded 21st Century Community Learning Center Grants
(Salem, Ore.) – Today Deputy Superintendent Rob Saxton announced the recipients of the latest round of 21st Century Community Learning Center (CCLC) Grants. Ninety-seven schools in twenty-two districts will receive funding over the coming five years to offer new academic and enrichment programs during out-of-school time. These competitive grants are funded through the federal Title IV-B program, part of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), and are designed to improve student achievement in high-poverty schools through high-quality programs offered outside of the regular school day. In the first year of this five year grant, a total of $9.64 million will be awarded to Oregon schools.
“As we look at improving opportunities and outcomes for our students, we need to look beyond the regular school day to extended day, after-school, summer, and evening programs that can provide additional time and support to struggling learners, engage students in hands-on exploration, and enrich and enhance the learning experience,” said Deputy Superintendent Rob Saxton. “The 21st Century Community Learning Center Grants provide our schools with an opportunity to do just that.”
21st Century Community Learning Center Grants have been awarded through the Oregon Department of Education since 2002. The current awardees will receive funding from 2013 through 2018. Award amounts ranged from $129,136 to $485,000 per year. Schools receive 100% of this award amount for the first three years of the grant. Years 4 and 5 of the grant are funded at 75% and 50% respectively.
The following Oregon Districts and community partners received 2013-2018 21st Century Community Learning Center Grants:
Centennial School District - $351,030
Central School District - $475,000
Corvallis School District - $376,461
David Douglas School District - $474,676
Eugene School District - $474,943
Falls City School District - $129,136
Forest Grove School District - $474,559
Gresham-Barlow School District - $474,878
Hood River County School District - $473,604
Impact NW (serving Beaverton SD) - $475,000
Klamath Falls City School District - $474,110
Lincoln County School District - $ 474,999
McMinnville School District - $389,479
North Clackamas School District - $474,509
Oregon City School District - $419,539
Portland Public Schools - $474,214
Siuslaw School District - $381,600
Salem-Keizer Education Foundation (serving Salem-Keizer SD) - $474,525
Springfield Public Schools - $475,000
Three Rivers School District - $475,000
Umatilla School District - $472,764
Woodburn School District - $475,000
School Districts and community partners apply for funding through the CCLC grant to fund programs in high-poverty schools. A number of the districts listed above have previously received funding through this grant to run programs in certain schools and have now been awarded additional funding to start programs in different schools or expand existing proven programs to more schools.
McMinnville School District, for example, has previously received funding through this program to fund after-school enrichment programs for their elementary students. These programs include targeted reading and math interventions to help struggling learners, Science Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) enrichment programs, LEGO robotics, visual and performing arts programs, fitness programs, and an outdoor school. The district credits these extended day programs with increased student achievement and accelerated growth at the elementary level. McMinnville was the only Oregon district last year to receive a Model school designation for three of its elementary schools. The district has placed a special emphasis on STEM across all grade levels and this year they received an additional CCLC grant to expand their STEM program to serve around 1000 middle and high school students.
This year’s competition offered applicants competitive priority points for specific activities in STEM, CTE and/or English Language accelerated learning options. Many of this year’s awardees requested funds to start or expand STEM or Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs. Oregon has placed a particular emphasis on these types of programs through our Strategic Initiatives as we work to better prepare our students for higher education and the world of work.
“Through the CCLC grants, schools are implementing innovative programs in STEM, Career and Technical Education, literacy, and dual-language emersion designed to engage, inspire, and support their students,” said Deputy Superintendent Saxton. “I am pleased to see so many applicants requesting funds for CTE and STEM programs as these programs can play an important role in connecting students with career pathways. It is critical that we not only prepare our students academically but that we also build a clear bridge to higher education and family-wage jobs. Career exploration begins in our schools and these grants help students connect what they are learning in the classroom to future goals and career possibilities.”
For more information about the 21st Century Community Learning Center grants, see the U.S. Department of Education’s 21st CCLC website at http://www.ed.gov/21stcclc. The site includes links to a variety of useful resources for program implementation and planning.
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